The Portland metro area saw mixed numbers this December, but new listings made gains compared to December 2016. At 1,617, new listings showed a 13.8% increase compared to December 2016, despite a 33.1% decrease from last month in November 2017 (2,416). This is the strongest December for new listings in the Portland metro area since 2011.
Pending sales (1,757) exactly matched the 1,757 offers accepted lat year in December 2016 but showed a 25.9% cooling from the 2,371 offers that were accepted last month in November 2017. Closed sales, at 2,350, ended with a 10.3% decrease from December 2016 and fell 1.6% short of the 2,387 closings recorded last month in November 2017. Total market time in December ended at 55 days, with inventory decreasing slightly to 1.6 months.
Activity in 2017 was a little cool compared to 2016. New listings (40,805) decreased 0.8%, closed sales (31,624) decreased 3.6%, and pending sales (31,330) decreased 5.7%. Prices continued to rise in the Portland metro area in 2017. Comparing the entirety of 2017 to 2016, the average sale price rose 8.5% from $395,000 to $428,700. In the same comparison, the median sale price rose 9.5% from $347,000 t0 $379,900.